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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,735 ratings  ·  145 reviews
Three people. Three motives. Three reasons.

When the game leaves the field in the second book in the USA Today bestselling By His Game series and mixes with sex, lies, and betrayal, the future isn't the only thing on the line...

Macey Kelly has sworn off men.

Unless they’re going to zip in and out of her apartment—and her vagina—quicker than they can give her an orga
Paperback, 247 pages
Published March 2nd 2015 by Emma Hart (first published February 18th 2015)
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Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Sex, Love, Romance, Steam, and of course Bacon!!!! Emma Hart has always been a one-click author for me because she always delivers a books that keeps her readers entertained whether it be a sweet loving hero, or a dirty talking hero, or a hero with a mixture of both. Sidelined was the perfect balance of love, sex, drama, angst, and everything that you crave in a romance book.


Sidelined follows the story of Macey and Jack as th
Anne OK
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
A repetitious overload of descriptive sexual acts on page after page after page does not a good book make! I've had problems with this series from the first. I like Emma Hart's writing style, but I wish she would rev-up the storyline and downplay the amount of sexual encounters that after a while become meaningless and rote. And I wish that some of the dialogue between these two could happen without the use of a four-letter word starting with f and ending with k. I want to know why this couple f ...more
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

I will admit that I am a huge fan of Emma Hart's, and I have read quite a few of her books at this point. But that being said, so far I have sort of a love/hate relationship with her By His Game series. Each book in this series is a standalone story with interconnected characters, so these don't have to be read in order. If you are interested in reading them though, I would recommend starting at the beginning. Sidelined is the second book in t
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Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After her last debacle, uh, relationship, resulted in her long term boyfriend getting her cousin pregnant, Macey Kelly, has sworn off men. Well, okay, not sworn men off completely—she’s happy to deal with them for a night of “wham bam thank you ma’am sex” but nothing more. No relationships, no strings—just sex.

Enter Jack Carr. Oh, Jack. *swoon* Jack is a busy man. Busy getting ready for football season to start. Busy getting into the pants of any woman he wants for a night. But when Jack finds
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*Taps Mic*
THIS BOOK SHOULD COME WITH A FEMALE HEALTH WARNING! Your ovaries WILL explode, Your panties WILL melt, You WILL salivate like a dog, You WILL feel the extreme need to mount your reading device!
Emma Hart, you've done it AGAIN! Jack can call me ANYTIME!
Drops Mic, Attempts Sassy Walk Offstage, But Just Look Like I've Had a Hip Replacement*

Emma Hart, one of my go-to authors, she writes, I read, and she ALWAYS delivers an outstanding, sexy, addictive read.

Sidelined has given
Loved it !

Just love Emma's writing its witty, hot,fun and the characters are great.

When two love em and leave em characters meet their match its explosive,

Both a fuck em and chuck em character due to past hurts and once bitten twice shy mentality, neither are used to commitment but both agree to be fuck buddies but we all know it never ends that way and it was fun.

Turns into a bit of a love triangle with an ex turning up which added a bit of angst and frustration but it was good.

If you want a
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just when I think I can't possibly love a character more, Emma Hart gives me Jack Carr and proves me wrong!

Sidelined follows the story of Jack and Macey. Thanks to her cheating ex-boyfriend, Macey has sworn off men and relationships. The only way she allows a man in her life is for a one-night stand. The last thing she planned for was Jack Carr...Football is Jack Carr's passion. After finding his girlfriend (at the time) in bed with someone else, he's made football his priority. Only having time
Mar 03, 2015 added it
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I love Emma Hart, I have loved her since I first read her Memories series, I loved her when I read The Game series, and I will probably always love her. However, I can definitely see a change in her writing style, and although I understand it (sex sells) I miss the sweet books with a touch of sexiness.
That being said, I did still enjoy Sidelined, however I will admit that I skipped maybe 30% of it because I didn’t want or need all the sexy, the savi
4 Stars

Macey has been heartbroken and has lost trust in men after finding out her boyfriend slept with her cousin and got her pregnant. She only needs men for one reason and one night and that's all she wants... until Jack Carr. Running Back for the Vipers. Corey's best friend.

They were supposed to only spend a might together but they both couldn't get enough of each other. Macey didn't want anything more-ish and neither did Jack. (well that's what they kept telling themselves)

They both start
Claudine Van
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Macey Kelly and Jack Carr have both sidelined themselves from relationships; they're content with hook ups and one night stands, removing themselves from the possibility of getting their hearts broken again because they've already endured that pain and have no intention of going back to that feeling anytime soon.

But Macey and her bitchy, tell it like it is attitude and Jack and his magic cock find themselves drawn to each other in a way that makes them move beyond the one and done scenario and e
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Macey Kelly has been burned before and her new ways involve one-night stands and no strings. Macey has been shattered and broken for a year, after finding out the “love of her life”, her longtime live in boyfriend cheated on her with her cousin and impregnated her. For a year, Macey has endured countless photos from her aunt bragging about the new happy couple. So far, she has sworn off men and is going back to college to pursue a different career. One night with Jack Carr changes everything. He ...more
Helena Bookhooked
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My 5* review for the book that broke my week long book funk.

A recipe for a great read.

Star Ingredients

1* Its by Emma Hart (say no more)

2* Funny, Hilarious, couldn't wipe the silly grin from my face during the first few chapters.

3*: Fun, angst, emotion and a lot of hot sauciness.

4* Jack 'effin' Carter (yes ladies, i'm claiming him)

5* I can't say how many times the 'f' word came up in this book but i think the majority came from Macey in one paragraph, that gotta be a record!


I really don't k
Gemma Weir
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 Stars

Sidelined is book #2 in the By His Game Series, I loved the first book Blindsided here’s a link to my review. I jumped at the chance at being gifted a copy of Sidelined to read for Gemma Reads Too Much.

Sidelined is Jack and Maceys story, I knew this was going to be explosive and full of passion. The sparks flying from Jack and Macey in Blindsided was out of this world and for me Sidelined really lived up to my high ex
Red Cheeks Reads
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have read so many Emma Hart books lately but this series seems to be my favorite of hers. I dunno if it is the whole football theme or the sassy heroines but I absolutely adore the By His Game Series. Sexy alphas and snarky girls unite!

I didn’t think that I could possible enjoy one of Emma’s books better than I enjoyed Blindsided but I loved Jack and Macey just as much from Sidelined. You get a peek at them in Blindsided so I would definitely recommend reading Blindsided first. It gives you a
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's extremely rare that I can sit and read a book in a day regardless of its length.

Sidelined was one of these books. I honestly don't know where Emma finds these 5 star, outstanding books from but may she long continue.

Sidelined is the second book in the By His Game series and can be read as a standalone. We do meet Jack and Macey in Blindsided and already knew they had chemistry. But, my goodness, I'm surprised the heat coming off of these two characters didn't set my Kindle on fire!

Macey a
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
Previously rated 4 stars

Review after re-read:
I was bored and couldn't be bothered with even re-reading anything remotely complecated. And I had feeling this book needed some reconsidering.

Things that have changed:

1. I liked Macey when I read this the first time. She was only annoying to me for the first chapter. In this book, she was annoying most of the time. I didn't hate her. I was just tired of her.

2. This book was dragged in the worst way. I swear we could take off about 50 pages of it and
Marie Stuck In A Book
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 4-stars
I was late to the greatness that is Emma Hart, but am I so glad I’ve gotten on the Emma Hart train. Sidelined was the second in her By His Game Series, featuring the hot Jack Carr and take no prisoners Macey Kelly. Jack and Macey are in the midst of a friends with benefits relationship, and it’s the way Macey wants it, because she’s had a load of heartache and she’s not in the mood for anything more. Jack is exactly what she needs, but he’s in for a tough battle when the ex who broke her heart a ...more
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book got me riled up. At the beginning of the book, Macey was really lovely. You know, like a girl with some sass attitude who knows what she wants but, as the book progress I started to dislike her. I mean, what the fuck was she thinking leading on two guys? (At least thats what it seemed to me) She should've just choose one before everything went chaotic. What a dumb decision really. she says she wants closure from her past an then she goes and doesnt stop her stupid ex from kissing her a ...more
Mar 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
I hated how indecisive the heroine was, she was with Jack, but she kisses Mitch multiple times, or rather let's Mitch kiss her. This is also the same Mitch that cheated on her with her cousin and got her pregnant in the process, why would she ever want to see him again, much less let him kiss her. Also, the cousin's name was never mentioned and the author didn't even elaborate on that plotline, it was just like a prop for the book.

Macey was still indecisive 90% into the book, and she said things
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
All I have to say is JACK!!!!! Holy moly, crazy hotness FLOVED him!!! I'm all about hot alpha males & oh boy is Jack a hot alpha male! Way more than Corey was in Blindsided and that's saying a lot. I really liked Macey when I was introduced to her in Blindsided and I liked her even more in Sidelined. She's a smart, sexy, strong minded leading lady. Everything that I like to read in a leading female character mixed in with her strength there was a vulnerable side to her as well. It made her more ...more
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOD!!!! I didn't think I could fall in love with any more of Emma Hart's men!! But I was so wrong. I read this book in one sitting and was unable to put it down until I was done. Emma has done it once again with another phenomenal novel!
Full review to come!
Leynaa Yldz
Mar 04, 2015 rated it liked it
It was a great book! :)
Apr 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: blah, hart
Macey and Jack

No, no, no. This was not the book for me. Too much drama. I really didn't like Macey and her indecision. I like this author's Holly Woods series, a lot, but not this book at all.
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read in a day!!


Macey I loved her and hated her all lol
Mar 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
The stupid love triangle annoyed the fuck out of me.
Jul 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
That was two hundred pages longer than it needed to be…and basic.

⭐️=barely finished it, not likely to read author again-don’t read.

⭐️⭐️=meh, wasn’t great, also didn’t hate it. Will afford author grace (maybe).

⭐️⭐️⭐️=I liked it, it entertained me, I’ll continue to support this author and would recommend their work.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️=loved it, everyone should read it, I’ll likely reread this book again. I can’t wait to inhale every book this author has gifted us with!!!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️=I have an obsession with
4 stars in the end.

At the start of this book I had my doubts. Why was I reading this?

Macey and Jack are like nitroglycerin. Volatile bottles of emotion, mostly anger and lust. F-bombing their way through their no strings encounters full of sturm und drang as well as sexual chemistry.

Then comes the exes, on both sides, and plenty of drama, mostly on the Macey / Mitch front.

Eventually after a roller-coaster ride of a novel we get our HFN and I'm satisfied.
Yvonne Nelson
Three stars

Wow what can I say this book would have had a higher rating of it had not been for macey. Macey really did my head in and I couldn't really like her. However Jack was great how he put up with her i don't know but he did.
Rose Maniscalco
Sep 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
DNF...I barely got a chapter in and my eyes were rolling out of my head. Too immature for me.
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Emma Hart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels and has been translated into several different languages. She first put fingers to keys at the age of eighteen after her husband told her she read too much and should write her own.
Four years later, she's still figuring out what he meant when he said she 'read too much.'

She prides herself on writing smart smut

Other books in the series

By His Game (3 books)
  • Blindsided (By His Game, #1)
  • Intercepted (By His Game, #3)

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